On Tuesday, Russian warplane hit an American drone over the Black Sea, causing the drone to crash into the water. The drone was being used for surveillance and was unarmed. This is the first time there has been physical contact between Russian and American forces since the war in Ukraine began. The incident has increased tensions between the two countries.
The American government has accused the Russian forces involved of acting recklessly and dangerously. The Russian government denies being responsible for the incident and says the drone was flying in violation of their airspace. The incident has not been seen as part of a larger strategy by Russia to attack American or NATO surveillance planes.. The incident has heightened tensions between the two nations. The American government has accused the Russian forces involved of acting recklessly and dangerously, while the Russian government denies responsibility and claims the drone was flying in violation of their airspace.
It is not believed to be part of a larger strategy by Russia to attack American or NATO surveillance planes. The MQ-9 Reaper, a drone from the American service’s airborne surveillance line, was flying a typical surveillance mission when it was intercepted by two Russian Su-27 fighter jets about 75 miles southwest of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.
The Su-27s repeatedly flew in front of the MQ-9 and dropped energy on it in a reckless and unskilled manner, according to the American service’s European Command. John F. Kirby, a National Security Council spokesperson, called the incident noteworthy for its unsafety and lack of skill.
The conflict in Ukraine has increased tensions between Moscow and Washington, and the Black Sea has become a virtual battleground. Ukraine has been able to export its grain across the ocean, but Russia has blockaded Ukrainian vessels in their own anchorages. At the same time, Ukraine has attacked Russian nonmilitary vessels in the Black Sea and in harborage.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has strengthened ties with members that border Russia, including Poland and the Baltic States, and has poured billions of dollars of military aid into supporting Ukraine. However, the alliance has attempted to avoid directly confronting Russia, a nuclear-fortified state.
Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon spokesperson, said that the Russian Su- 27 aircraft were flying near to the American Reaper. and it take around more then thirty minutes.
The Russian Ministry of Defense denies that its warplanes were responsible for the incident, claiming that after the Russian Air Force deployed fighter jets to identify the drone, the unmanned aircraft maneuvered and hit the water. The drone had been flying near the Crimean Peninsula and headed towards the Russian border with its transponder off, contrary to the instructions Russia has issued for the airspace over its military operations in Ukraine.
Nevertheless, the American government has summoned the Russian minister in Washington to lodge a formal complaint over the drone’s downing, calling it a “brazen violation of international law.”